Mr Abe and his wife, Akie, arrived at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Thursday night ( Image credit: Reuters )

Japan's Shinzo Abe to discuss US job creation with Trump

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in the US to discuss job creation and Japanese investment with President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump has previously taken issue with the US trade deficit with Japan, as well as threatened to impose a tariff on Japanese carmaker Toyota.

The two leaders will also discuss the US military commitment to Japan, a key security linchpin in Asia Pacific.

The US army maintains a significant presence on the island of Okinawa.

Last month Mr Trump had tweeted that Toyota was planning to build a plant in Mexico that would produce cars bound for the US, saying: "NO WAY! Build Plant in U.S. or pay big border tax."

Toyota responded saying their production and employment levels in the US would not decrease.

Mr Trump has also previously criticised Japan for not buying enough...Read more...